Remembering a remarkable missionary to Appalachia: “He realized that fighting evil meant fighting poverty”

A Catholic priest who founded the Christian Appalachian Project passed away yesterday. Since World War II, Monsignor Ralph Beiting served the people of eastern Kentucky through a series of social service programs. WEKU’s Charles Compton, who knew Beiting, posted this appreciation of a man who must have been an extraordinary priest:  At first, the Reverend Ralph [Read More...]

“Same Call, Different Men”

This sounds like something to put on my “must-read” list.  From U.S. Catholic:  Same Call, Different Men: The Evolution of the Priesthood Since Vatican II presents a comprehensive portrait of the Catholic priesthood in the United States today based on sociological data on 960 priests and interviews with 60 others, both collected in 2009. First the [Read More...]

Shock: priest deported over homily

It happened in Zambia.  Details, from the National Catholic Reporter:  Zambian authorities deported a Rwandese Catholic priest after he was detained for two days and questioned for preaching about poverty and justice for the poor during a Mass. Edgar Lungu, minister of home affairs, confirmed that Father Viateur Banyangandora, pastor of the parish in Lundazi, [Read More...]

Meet New York’s oldest working priest, 92-year-old Fr. Gerald Ryan

A tribute to enduring faith and steadfast love, in (of all places) the New York Times:  It was the bell that first called to him. It was a Sunday afternoon in the mid-1920s, and his family was living in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx. When his priest rang the bell during Mass, Gerald [Read More...]

When a father becomes Father

Some in the church are taking a closer look at the married priesthood, with one married priest about to release a book on the subject. From the August issue of U.S. Catholic: Father Donald Paul Sullins, a married priest and sociologist at Catholic University of America in Washington, has researched the reactions of American Catholics [Read More...]

Chinese priest reported missing ahead of illicit ordination

Details: Father Giuseppe Zhao Hongchun, apostolic administrator of Harbin, has been “missing” since the afternoon of July 4, where he went to attend an appointment arranged by religious affairs officials. Local sources told AsiaNews that they believed he has been under house arrest, but his whereabouts is not known to them. This event is related [Read More...]

“My last night as an associate pastor…”

A priest in Indianapolis reflects on how his life is about to change as, for the first time, he becomes a pastor: For the rest of my life until retirement, barring getting sent away for further schooling or something like that, I’ll be a pastor of a parish.  It is kind of intimidating sitting here [Read More...]

Historic father and son ordination: “A great moment in the history of our faith”

It’s believed to be the first time in the U.S. that a father and son have been ordained at the same Mass. Details: “Charles Albert Hough the III.” Bishop Kevin Vann’s historic words rang out at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Keller as he called first the father… and then the son. “Charles [Read More...]

Recovered: priest’s $6,000 stolen chalice

But in so many ways, it’s not something you can put a price on. Details, from the St. Louis Review: When he was ordained to the priesthood four years ago, Father Noah Waldman took some of the money he had saved over the years and bought himself his first chalice. The handmade vessel was commissioned [Read More...]

For priests: “Fall in love, stay in love, so love decides everything”

My pal Deacon Jim Keating was pleased to see the new deacons of Omaha featured here yesterday, and wondered if I could give a plug to Creighton University’s stellar Institute for Priestly Formation. Happy to! I know a couple guys who are there now—including Jeremy Canna, who spent his pastoral year at my parish.  For [Read More...]


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